Blackwood Theatre

Blackwood, NJ 08012

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Open since at least 1924, this theatre is still listed as operating in the 1951 FDY.

Any additional information on this theatre would be greatly appreciated.

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teecee
teecee on July 19, 2005 at 10:46 pm

A Moller organ, opus 4944, was installed in this theatre in 1927.

nursebrittany
nursebrittany on December 27, 2005 at 11:21 am

is this the one that was along the pike across from the library that got torn down in the late 80s/early 90s and is now a small grassy area with a gazeebo?

JBon
JBon on February 6, 2006 at 4:19 am

I remember seeing it get torn down. I was living in the Blackwood Estates section at the time. I moved there in late 87' and from what I was told, the theatre had been closed for several year’s. I do remember they were looking for a buyer but the building needed extensive repair’s mainly to the roof. In fact, if memory serve’s me correct, they were willing to sell the thing for like a dollar but the repair’s exceeded the “at time” value of the building. Of course and unfortunatly that was about ten year’s before the big realestate boon in South Jersey. Now as nursebrittany has described, sadly, it is a small grassy “area” complete with gazeeeebo! Had this theatre been in a Collingswood, Haddonfield or Woodbury it would probably be, if not a theatre of a sort, then a resturant or something other than a small grassy “area”. The above mentioned town’s know how to “preserve” and “restore”. This theatre was just in the wrong place at the wrong time!

RickB
RickB on March 2, 2006 at 11:45 pm

Wasn’t this the theater that somebody covered with aluminum or vinyl siding and renamed the “Movie Box” for a while? It went from second run to adult films, then a company called CenterStage came in, took off the siding and tried live theater for a year or two before running out of money.

JBon
JBon on March 14, 2006 at 2:02 am

Don’t know Rick, I’ll have to try and look up one of my old Blackwood neighbor’s who grew up down there and see what they remember. like I said. It was closed in 87' when I moved there…

teecee
teecee on July 1, 2006 at 12:47 am

In 1979 the original marquee was removed and the theater was renamed the Movies. Originally owned by the Harwan family. Demolished in 1991.

Images of America: South Jersey Movie Houses, page 35

Ahnuld
Ahnuld on January 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

GPS location site, has a little write up on the Blackwood Theater Park, as well as photos.

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